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City of Bountiful Election Information

Notice of Municipal ELECTION

The City of Bountiful will hold a Municipal General Election on November 3, 2015.
Offices to be voted upon are three (3) City Council members (4 year term each).
The candidate filing period will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday,
between June 1 and June 8, 2015. Any candidate must file in person in the City
Recorder’s office (790 South 100 East, Bountiful, Utah). Candidates must meet
the following qualifications: 1. Be a United States citizen; 2. Be a registered voter
of the City; 3. Be a resident of Bountiful City for the 12 consecutive months
immediately before the date of the election; and 4. Not be a convicted felon,
unless their right to hold elective office has been restored. The primary election, if necessary, will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2015. UCA 10-3-301 SHAWNA ANDRUS City Recorder

 

 

City of Bountiful 2015 Election Information

We appreciate your interest and encourage your involvement in the municipal election process. The local government level is closest to home and therefore gives you direct influence on your elected officials. Please note that although we endeavor to keep this information current, election laws change regularly and rapidly. To be safe, dates and other information posted herein should not be absolutely relied upon but should be verified with the City Recorder’s office at 801-298-6142. If you have concerns, feedback, or need additional information beyond that noted here, please contact the Recorder’s office.

KEY ELECTION DATES

Candidate Filing Period - June 1, 2015 to June 8, 2015 (5:00 p.m.). Each potential candidate should obtain an election packet from the City Recorders office (790 South 100 East) and file in person at the same location.

Meet the Candidates Night – To Be Determined – This is typically held on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers (790 South 100 East, Bountiful). Hosted by the League of Women Voters, it is an opportunity to meet the candidates prior to the Election to determine what their views and concerns are and whether or not they match with yours.

Primary Election – If a Primary election is necessary, it will occur on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The ballot will include candidates for three City Council positions.

County In-Person Voter Registration - The last day you may register, in person, at the County Clerk’s office (68 South Main, Farmington) is Monday, August 4 for the Primary and Monday, October 27, 2015 for the November General Election. If you voted in the prior year’s election, you need not re-register unless you have moved or changed your name.

By-Mail Registration - If registering with a "By-Mail" form, it must be postmarked and received by the County Clerk’s Office at least 30 days prior to the election (July 13 for Primary and Oct 5 for November election). The by-mail form is available near the cashier’s counter at Bountiful City Hall or on the State of Utah website at http://elections.utah.gov/.If time is limited, we recommend you register in person (see In-Person info above) to be sure to meet the necessary deadline.

On-Line Voter Registration – You may register on-line at http://elections.utah.gov/ by selecting "Register to Vote" and following the instructions provided. On-line registration must be completed no later than 7 days prior to the election in order to vote in that election (Tuesday, August 4, 2015 for the Primary & Tuesday, October 27, 2015 for the November General Election).

To be eligible for early voting, you must register in-person or online at least 15 days before the election (July 27 for the Primary, and October 19 for the General).

Since voter registration is a County function, please contact the County Clerk’s office (801-451-3589) if you have questions. It is strongly recommended that you register as early as possible.

CANDIDATE FILING/POSITIONS TO BE FILLED - 2015

The City will hold elections for three City Council seats this year. All are "at-large" positions, meaning the candidates may live anywhere within the City and are not elected by a specific precinct or district. This is also a "non-partisan election", meaning all candidates are on one ticket with no party distinction being made. Each candidate for office must file a "Declaration of Candidacy" with the City Recorder's Office (790 South 100 East) between June 1 and 5:00 p.m. on June 8 and pay a $25.00 filing fee at the time of filing. Anyone interested in running for municipal office should obtain, from the City Recorder’s office, an informational packet concerning filing, sign ordinances, campaign financial disclosure, and other election rules and information.

Qualifications for a candidate are:
(1) Be a United States citizen at time of filing.
(2) Be at least 18 years old at the time of the next general (November) municipal election.
(3) Be a registered voter of the municipality.
(4) Be a legal resident of the municipality or a resident of a recently annexed area for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the election (November).
(5) Not be a convicted felon currently incarcerated or a mentally incompetent person whose right to hold elective office has not been restored. (Pursuant to Utah Constitution Article IV, Section 6, any person convicted of a felony, treason, or crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this state until the right to vote or hold office is restored as provided by statute.)

The candidate must declare at the time of filing that he/she meets all of the above qualifications. Therefore, a candidate must file "in person with the City Recorder" or Deputy Recorder [per State Code 20A-9-203] unless the nomination method is used, or if an overseas military person, you may use a designated agent combined with electronic communication such as Skype.

There are three filing methods by which a citizen may become a candidate for City Council. The first is a "Declaration of Candidacy" form which must be filed by the prospective candidate, in person, with the City Recorder's Office between June 1 and 5:00 p.m. on June 7 of the year the election is held (unless June 7 is a weekend, in which case the deadline will be the Monday immediately following the 7th – in 2015 that is the case, so the deadline will be on Monday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m.). The second method is a "Nomination Petition" whereby a candidate may be nominated by a minimum of 25 residents who are at least 18 years old and who sign a properly completed nomination. This filing must also be completed by the June 8, 2015 deadline. Finally, you may file as a Write-In Candidate. A write-in candidate must file a declaration of candidacy form just like any other candidate, except that he/she may file up to 60 days prior to the November General Election. Write-in candidates are not allowed in the Primary Election. Obviously, due to the very nature and definition of write-in candidacy, that person’s name will not be printed on the ballot but must be written in by voters. All candidates must pay a $25.00 filing fee at the time of filing. Filing fees shall be refundable only if it is determined that the person filing is not qualified to be a candidate or is found to have improperly filed. If using a nomination petition, the person filing the form must pay the fee. At the time of filing, the candidate must declare which office is being sought.

The following have filed as official candidates for City Council (4-Year Term, 3 positions to be filled):
(None, as filing is not open until June 1, 2015.)

STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC VOTER INFORMATION WEBSITE

The State of Utah has a website which allows registered voters to view information particular to them, including their polling place, elected officials, and a sample ballot with information about candidates and propositions. All candidates are invited to provide information to be included on that website so that interested voters may learn about each candidate and their platform. The website is located at http://www.elections.utah.gov/ under the "Voter Information" option at the top of the page. When you review the sample ballot, you may click on those candidate names which are highlighted in order to display their personal information, helping you learn more about them. (Only candidates who have provided information will have their names highlighted to allow access.) Candidates are also required to submit their campaign financial disclosure reports so that interested citizens may review them at this same web location.

VOTER REGISTRATION

Please note that voter registration is a County function so City personnel cannot register you to vote. As noted previously (see KEY ELECTION DATES), you may go directly to the County Clerk’s office (68 South Main, Farmington), use a By-Mail form, register on-line, or register at some other State/County agency when you update driver’s license or other information. Whichever option you choose, remember that the County Clerk’s office must show that you are registered no later than 7 days prior to the election or you will not be allowed to vote in the pending election. To vote early, you must be registered no later than 15 days prior to the election.

The following are the requirements to be eligible to vote (per State code 20A-2-101):
1. Be a United States citizen.
2. Be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the next election.
3. Be at least 18 years old on the day of the next election (the November General Election).
4. Have your principal place of residence in a specific voting precinct in Utah.
A person who has been convicted of a felony, whose right to vote has not been restored as provided by law, may not register to vote while incarcerated (20A-2-101.5).

VOTER IDENTIFICATION (ID) REQUIRED AT THE POLLS 

Per State law, valid voter identification is required when voting at the polls. The following is a fairly comprehensive list of acceptable forms of ID (Per Utah Code 20A-1-102(82):

"Valid voter identification" means a form of identification that bears the name AND photograph of the voter which may include:

  • a currently valid Utah driver license;
  • a currently valid identification card that is issued by: 
    -the state; or
    -a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
  • a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
  • a currently valid United States passport; or 
  • currently valid United States military identification card;
  • one of the following identification cards, whether or not the card includes a photograph of the voter:
    -a valid tribal identification card;
    -a Bureau of Indian Affairs card; or
    -a tribal treaty card;

OR

TWO forms of identification not listed above but that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the voting precinct, which may include:

  • a current utility bill or a legible copy thereof, dated within the 90 days before the election;
  • a bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof;
  • a certified birth certificate;
  • a valid Social Security card;
  • a check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof;
  • a paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy thereof;
  • a currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
  • certified naturalization documentation;
  • a currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
  • a certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change;
  • a valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card;
  • a currently valid identification card issued by:
    -a local government within the state;
    -an employer for an employee; or
    -a college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the state; or
    -a current Utah vehicle registration if it has your current address on it (this will soon be invalid, as the address will be removed from the registration in the near future).

Note: If a valid form of Identification listed under the first section does not contain a photograph of the voter, then one other form of Identification listed in the second section must be included.

Voters who do not present proper identification at the polls may vote using a provisional ballot. However the provisional ballot will not count unless they provide valid voter identification to the election official within 5 days after the election.

In the case that one’s income falls below the federal poverty guideline issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he or she can receive a free identification card from the driver license division.

The voter information card issued by the County is NOT acceptable ID, as it is merely an information card noting that you are registered to vote and providing your precinct and other information for your use.

POLLING LOCATIONS (ACTUAL LOCATIONS AND PRECINCT ASSIGNMENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

In 2015, the City will contract with the Davis County Clerk’s Office for electronic election services. We will also utilize Vote Centers as we did during our 2013 Election. A Vote Center combines a number of precincts into one central location, thereby reducing costs for our citizens. Using electronic check-in and voting equipment, we can more quickly process voters and end-of-day results as well. Each voter will be assigned to a Vote Center according to his or her precinct location. However, you may vote at any of the four available Vote Centers during our election. If you vote at other than your assigned center, the process will be a tiny bit slower, but you will likely not notice a lot of difference. It merely provides a bit more work for those who process the results at the end of the day, as the computer must cross-check for any duplicate voting at multiple locations. The table below indicates each regular precinct and the Vote Center location where citizens of each precinct will vote. If you need to know your precinct number, you may go to the Voter Information website at http://www.elections.utah.gov/.

Regular Precinct #

Vote Center

Vote Center Address

Bountiful #s 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Boulton Elementary School

2611 South Orchard Dr

Bountiful #s 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Mueller Park Junior High

955 East 1800 South

Bountiful #s 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Bountiful Library

725 South Main Street

Bountiful #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

South Davis Recreation Center

550 North 200 West


You may wonder "Why do I sometimes vote at one location, change to a different location the next year or election, and then change back the following time?" It is due to voter turnout, budget constraints, and the type of election being held. Sadly, the City typically does not have a large turnout for municipal elections. The County, on the other hand, handles the County, State, and Federal elections which typically experience much higher voter interest and turnout. As a result, the City is able to consolidate more precincts into fewer locations, thereby reducing costs. By using vote centers, we typically reduce to just four voter center locations, and we try to use the same locations the County used in the prior year. But please understand this is not always possible if the County needs more locations due to a large turnout. For example, in 2012, the County had a huge turnout in November due to the Presidential election. As a result, they used twelve vote centers in Bountiful, thereby again causing some confusion for voters at the next election. We will strive to be as consistent from year to year as we can be while still trying to contain costs for our citizens. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience from one election to another, but hope that your ability to vote at any of the vote centers will alleviate any confusion or problems.

ABSENT-VOTER BALLOTS

Registered voters who will be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote on election day may obtain an absent-voter ballot (aka "by-mail ballot") during the designated time prior to the municipal election and through 5 p.m. the Friday prior to the election. (Please note that we do not handle absent-voter ballots or any other voting during even-numbered election years when Federal, State, and County officials are elected. The County handles ALL voting in those years.) Because we are contracting with the County for this year’s election services, absent-voter ballots may be obtained in person at the City Recorder’s office (790 S 100 E, Bountiful, Utah, 84010) or at the County Clerk’s Office (68 South Main, P.O. Box 618, Farmington, UT 84025-0618) or by mailing your request to either of those addresses. To reduce the risk of a request and/or ballot not getting to/from the Recorder’s or Clerk’s office in time, we suggest coming into the office in person if at all possible. However, if you choose to mail your request, please indicate your full name, address of residence, address to which the ballot should be mailed (if different from residence), your date of birth, and the election for which you desire a ballot (you may request a ballot for both the Primary and General election if desired). The person who will vote the ballot must also sign the letter. There are restrictions as to how late absent-voter ballot requests and the related voted ballots may be accepted. A by-mail application for an absent-voter may not be accepted after the Friday immediately preceding the election. Overseas requests require even more time for postal service, so please allow as much time as possible. If you feel you have special or complicated circumstances or are unclear regarding any of the information concerning an absent-voter ballot, please call the Bountiful City Recorder’s office directly (801-298-6142) or the County Clerk’s Office (801-451-3589).

A special "hospitalized absent-voter ballot" may be obtained on the day of the election for a voter who is admitted and confined to a medical or long-term care institution after the above-noted Friday deadline. Please call the City Recorder’s office if you need additional information regarding this option.

EARLY VOTING

Utah State election law provides for early voting to begin 14 days prior to the official election day and end the Friday prior to election day. All early voting will be at Bountiful City Hall, 790 South 100 East.

Prior to Primary Election (IF there is a Primary)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

July 28

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

July 29

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

July 30

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

July 31

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

August 3

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

August 4

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

August 5

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

August 6

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

August 7

12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.


 Prior to General Election

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

October 20

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

October 21

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 22

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

October 23

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

October 26

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

October 27

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

October 28

4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 29

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

October 30

12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.


In order to vote early, a voter must provide valid photo I.D. and must be registered no less than 15 days prior to the election (July 27 for Primary and October 19 for General election).

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The City of Bountiful holds elections in odd-numbered years (e.g. 2015, 2017, 2019). Candidates who are successful in the municipal general election typically will take office on the first Monday in January of the year following the election. The Mayor and two Council Members are elected in one year, and the other three Council Members are elected in the next election (two years later). In even-numbered years, Federal, State, and County positions are elected, and all voting is handled by the County (including absentee voting).

Bountiful City’s election is "non-partisan", meaning that a candidate is not nominated by nor according to party, but may come from any party. All candidates are "at-large", meaning they can be from any location within the city boundaries and are not elected by certain voting precincts or areas but by the entire voting public of the city. Term of office for the Mayor and each Council seat is four (4) years. There are not term limits for either the Mayor or the five Council positions.

Bountiful City will hold a Primary Election the second Tuesday after the first Monday in August of odd-numbered years when the number of candidates that have filed exceeds twice the number of positions to be filled (August 11, 2015). For example, this year there are three Council seats to be filled and there will be a primary election only if more than six candidates file for those three seats. Every year it seems there are frustrated citizens who believe that WE keep changing the timing of the Primary election. This is the result of different times for the Federal, State, and County Primary (which occurs in June of even numbered years) versus a municipal primary (which occurs in August of odd numbered years, and it was in September prior to 2013). The State Legislature determines the dates for filing, registering, and all other elections-related functions. They have changed many dates over the past several years, so we understand why there is confusion. Please understand this is not under the control of City personnel. We share your frustration, and we only ask for your patience and support as we work with election regulations the best we can under the constraints established for us.

The General Election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (which will be November 3 in the current 2015 year). Those candidates with the highest number of total votes will take office. For example, if there are five candidates for three Council positions, the three with the highest total votes will take office. It is not determined by the number of precincts one wins, as the number of voters per precinct may vary significantly.

We thank you for your interest and involvement in the voting process!!! Again, due to frequent changes in election laws, we strongly recommend that you confirm any deadlines or other information noted above by calling the Recorder’s office at 801-298-6142. Please feel free to come to the City Recorder's Office (in City Hall at 790 South 100 East) or call if you have any questions concerning the elections.